Port Houston in Texas has ordered five Konecranes hybrid Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes for the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. These additions align with Port Houston’s long-term improvement plan, which includes channel development and land infrastructure investments. The order, booked in Q3 2023, is set for delivery in early 2025.
Port Houston is actively transitioning to hybrid RTG container handling at both its Barbours Cut and Bayport facilities to accommodate the growing container traffic in an environmentally friendly manner. The port currently operates 116 Konecranes RTGs, with 26 being hybrid RTGs. With the recent order and another announced last October, the hybrid RTG fleet will expand to 57 by early 2025.
The hybrid Konecranes RTGs feature advanced Li-ion battery technology and a battery management system for real-time monitoring. Konecranes can remotely monitor this system through TRUCONNECT connectivity. The modular and retrofittable hybrid power system incorporates an eco-efficient Tier 4f diesel engine to charge the batteries as needed.
This repeat order is in line with Konecranes’ EcoliftingTM initiative, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its customers by offering eco-optimized solutions, including hybrid and fully electric fleets.